A bill before the Tennessee General Assembly that would prohibit the discussion of sexual minorities in public schools will be heard on Wednesday, March 11.

House Bill 821 is sponsored by Representative Stacey Campfield, a Republican from Knoxville, while state Senator Dwayne Bunch (R-Cleveland) has backed Senate Bill 1250.

Both measures would limit sexual discussions in public schools to heterosexuality.

The bill's summary says, “Prohibits the teaching of or furnishing of materials on human sexuality other than heterosexuality in public school grades K-8.”

The bills were introduced on February 12 and will get their first hearing in the K-12 Subcommittee, which is under the Education Committee in the House.

A similar measure died in the same subcommittee last year, reports gay weekly Out & About. In a vote divided along party lines, members voted to have the state Board of Education study the issue.

“We're not going to teach about homosexuality, the homosexual lifestyle, the lesbian lifestyle, the transgender lifestyle,” Representative Campfield told WTVF, a CBS affiliate, during the debate last year.

Representative Les Winningham, a Democrat from Huntsville, chairs the K-12 Subcommittee which is composed of 12 members – 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans.